The horse statues of Turin

Turin is known for it´s beautiful open places and many statues. It is the city of horses made as beautiful bronze sculptures. I decided to write a little bit about the horse statues, to make you know even more about the history of this fantastic city.

“Caval ëd Bronz” (The Bronze Horse) is the Piemontese name of the equestrian monument of the king Emanuele Filiberto of Savoia. It´s made by Charles Marochetti in 1838 and you´ll find it in Piazza San Carlo, Turin. King Emanuele Filiberto was also called “Testa ‘d Fer” in Piemontese or “Testa di ferro” in Italian, which means Iron head!

According to Wikipedia, an urban legend says that if the horse is rearing (keeping both his front legs up in the air), then the rider died in a battle. If it keeps one front leg up in the air: then the rider was wounded in a battle or actually died from it. But worst of all: if the horse keeps all four hooves on the ground, then the rider died outside the battle.

In this case the horse is keeping the front leg up, which probably means the King got hurt during the battle?

But as we know, he actually died because he drank too much wine, which lead to that the liver stopped working. This statue is one of the most important symbols of the city, next to the Mole Antonelliana.

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This statue is one of the two in front of Piazza Castello (The Castle Square). You´ll easily find them at the end of the gate, theses two Greek-Roman mythological figures. They are always presented in pairs.

They are called Castor and Pollux, thesons of Zeus“, symbols of virtue and heroism.

They´re wearing a simple tunic and a shell-shaped hat on the head, thanks to the myth that they were born from an egg. They ride bareback on the prancing horses, which seems almost as a warning for anyone who walks towards the Savoya residence.

“Soldier on a horse” – Made by Pietro Canonica (1st March 1869 – June 8, 1959), who was an Italian sculptor and composer. His statue can be found on the side of Palazzo Madama in Piazza Castello.

If you ever take a trip to Turin, don´t forget to look out for these fantastic sculptures!

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